Woman born with male and female genitals wants op after docs ‘stitch up vagina’

An intersex woman born with male and female genitalia told how doctors decided she was a boy "without her consent" at birth.

Luna Animisha, who lives in Hawaii, claims she was assigned a gender as medics "stitched up her vagina" and removed her uterus.

The 24-year-old says that undergoing surgery left her with identity problems because she felt more feminine than masculine.

After years of struggle and torment from bullies, Luna has now rejected the male gender and instead adopted she/her pronouns.

She is now hoping to raise $150,000 (£106,000) to get reconstructive surgery and a uterus implant.

Clinical trials are ongoing, although a woman became the first in the world to give birth after receiving a uterus transplant in 2019.

The yoga practitioner hopes this will "help put her back together" and return her to being intersex with both sets of genitalia.

She said: "I only found out at 14 that I was born intersex, but even before that I knew I wanted to present a different way than my parents raised me.

"I'm not sure whether it was my parents' decision or the doctors' but I was assigned male at birth and had my womb taken out and my vagina stitched up.

"I think that is absolutely barbaric – infants can never give consent. Intersex kids are treated the same as dogs and cats just having their organs removed and it's really traumatic for us."

Luna added how this caused her "identity problems" and admits to feeling suicidal from a young age.

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She revealed: "This is the first year I haven't truly wanted to die – the first time I had suicidal thoughts was at five years old on the playground, which started with not being able to connect with people.

"It would be a miracle to go back to being intersex because that is who I am. If I transitioned to completely female I would just be in the same boat I am now – missing half of myself that I was born with."

Luna now takes estrogen and progesterone – hormones naturally produced by ovaries that control the function of the uterus – as part of hormone replacement therapy.

She is in talks with a plastic surgeon about vaginal reconstructive surgery and she is looking into lab-grown uterus transplant options too.

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In her GoFundMe page, Luna wrote: "So I was born intersex as a hermaphrodite, and they did surgery at birth (cut out my womb and sewed me up). And my parents raised me as a boy. I learned this later in life, and started HRT which has saved my life.

"I'm starting to really want surgery to help put me back together, but I don't want to take away from what I have.

"I've always felt so unwell and hormonally imbalanced because of having my uterus removed – my body running on too much testosterone is like trying to put diesel in a petrol car when estrogren is my petrol.

"Getting a uterus transplant would mean the world to me – it would mean I could possibly carry my own child one day, which would be an honour and a blessing."

From a young age, Luna felt different to the other kids in her class even before she knew she was born intersex.

She felt more drawn towards female clothing and activities, but she became a target for bullies at school.

Now she hopes to raise awareness of intersex people to encourage others to become more accepting of different gender identities.

Luna concluded: "I want to see the world become a place where everyone is free to be who they want to be. Everyone, including trans and intersex people, should have the right to their own body. We should all be able to be our authentic self."

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